Viking’s enjoyed feasts, festivals and celebrations and would hold these for many reasons including religious rituals, weddings and successful raids.
The quality of the feast would depend on the wealth and status of the Viking family, although food was plentiful for everyone at the feasts. Plenty of ale was drank, and also mead and wine.
A feast could last as little as two or three days, but would often last up to twelve days.
Feasts took place all year round, although there were more in summer when food was plentiful. Most weddings often took place in autumn, so this was a time of celebration as well.
At feasts there would be dancing, story telling for the children, poetry, games and sporting events.
The men and boys would partake of wresting, archery and stone throwing. They also had sword fights.